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Works: 13,476 works in 34,204 publications in 37 languages and 444,193 library holdings
Genres: Utopian fiction  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Trials, litigation, etc  History  Lectures  Rules  Graphic novels  Fiction  Study guides 
Roles: Author, Dedicatee, Honoree, Bibliographic antecedent, Editor, Contributor
Classifications: JC71, 184
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Most widely held works by Plato
The republic by Plato( Book )

1,123 editions published between 1551 and 2018 in 23 languages and held by 15,352 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"One of the greatest works of philosophy, political theory, and literature ever produced, Plato's Republic has shaped Western thought for thousands of years and remains as relevant today as when it was written during the fourth century B.C. Republic begins by posing a central question: "What is justice, and why should we be just, especially when the wicked often seem happier and more successful?" For Plato, the answer lies with the ways people, groups, and institutions organize and behave. A brilliant inquiry into the problems of constructing the perfect state and the roles education, the arts, family, and religion should play in our lives, Republic employs picturesque settings, sharply outlined characters, and conversational dialogue to drive home the philosopher's provocative arguments. Book jacket."--Jacket
Symposium by Plato( Book )

817 editions published between 1556 and 2017 in 19 languages and held by 12,221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Counter Plato, Allan Bloom wrote, is "the most erotic of philosophers," and his Symposium is one of the greatest works on the nature of love ever written. This new edition brings together the English translation of the renowned Plato scholar and translator, Seth Benardete, with two illuminating commentaries on it: Benardete's "On Plato's Symposium" and Allan Bloom's provocative essay, "The Ladder of Love." In the Symposium, Plato recounts a drinking party following an evening meal, where the guests include the poet Aristophanes, the drunken Alcibiades, and, of course, the wise Socrates. The revelers give their views on the timeless topics of love and desire, all the while addressing many of the major themes of Platonic philosophy: the relationship of philosophy and poetry, the good, and the beautiful."
Gorgias by Plato( Book )

543 editions published between 1541 and 2018 in 20 languages and held by 8,544 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Gorgias is a vivid introduction to central problems of moral and political philosophy. In answer to an eloquent attack on morality as conspiration of the weak against the strong, Plato develops his own doctrine, insisting that the benefits of being moral always outweigh any benefits to be won from immorality. He applies his views to such questions as the errors of democracy, the role of the political expert in society, and the justification of punishment. In the notes to this translation, Professor Irwin discusses the historical and social context of the dialogue, expounds and criticizes the arguments, and tries above all to suggest the questions a modern reader ought to raise about Plato's doctrines
Protagoras by Plato( Book )

411 editions published between 1736 and 2018 in 17 languages and held by 7,408 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In addition to its interest as one of Plato's most brilliant dramatic masterpieces, the Protagoras presents a vivid picture of the crisis of fifth-century Greek thought, in which traditional values and conceptions of man were subjected on the one hand to the criticism of the Sophists and on the other to the far more radical criticism of Socrates. The dialogue deals with many themes which are central to the ethical theories which Plato developed under the influence of Socrates, notably the nature of human excellence, the relation of knowledge to right conduct, and the place of pleasure in the g
The trial and death of Socrates by Plato( )

285 editions published between 1745 and 2018 in 13 languages and held by 5,811 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At head of title: New national edition. I. The Republic, introduction and analysis.--II. The Republic.--III. The trial and death of Socrates.--IV. Charmides and other dialogues, Selections from the Laws
The Apology, Phaedo, and Crito of Plato by Plato( Book )

493 editions published between 1541 and 2017 in 15 languages and held by 5,227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

There is a well-known saying that the whole of Western Philosophy is footnotes of Plato. This is because his writings have set the schema that philosophy can be said to have followed ever since. Following the teachings of Socrates, Plato's works are among the world's greatest literature. The Apology is the speech made by Socrates in his own defence at his trail, and his justification for his life
Philebus by Plato( )

177 editions published between 1770 and 2017 in 5 languages and held by 4,882 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Philebus" by Plato examines one of the most significant human questions: how to be happy. It considers both pleasure and pain
Phaedo by Plato( Book )

535 editions published between 1553 and 2018 in 21 languages and held by 4,838 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The notes also aim to provide the kind of help with Plato's Greek which is needed by comparative beginners in the language, but the commentary is intended for any student, classical scholar, or philosopher with an interest in the close reading of Plato
Plato's Sophist by Plato( )

245 editions published between 1577 and 2018 in 15 languages and held by 4,309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the Theaetetus Plato made a pioneering contribution to one of the central problems of Western philosophy
Meno by Plato( )

201 editions published between 1535 and 2019 in 14 languages and held by 4,061 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

About G.M.A Grube's translations of Plato: ""Unmistakably superior: more lucid, more accurate, more readable. Above all, they're lucidly adorned, unpretentious, and in translating Plato that counts a good deal. The prose is, as English prose, persuasive, cogent, and as eloquent as it can be without departing from the text. --William Arrowsmith
Statesman by Plato( )

114 editions published between 1774 and 2014 in 10 languages and held by 3,564 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In its presentation of the statesman's expertise, the Statesman modifies, as well as defending in original ways, this central theme of the Republic. This new translation is based on the revised Oxford Text of Plato and makes accessible the dialogue to students of political thought in clear and contemporary language
Timaeus by Plato( )

74 editions published between 1617 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 3,216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Donald J. Zeyl's translation of Timaeus is presented along with his 75 page introductory essay, which discusses points of contemporary interest in the Timaeus, deals at length with long-standing and current issues of interpretation, and provides a consecutive commentary on the work as a whole
Parmenides' lesson : translation and explication of Plato's Parmenides by Plato( )

63 editions published between 1774 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 2,877 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A dialogue in which old Parmenides advises the youthful Socrates to argue by the Zenonian method. This is one of Plato's dialectical dialogues"--Provided by publisher
Phaedrus by Plato( )

62 editions published between 1952 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,851 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Featuring some of Plato's most soaringly lyrical passages, the "Phaedrus" investigates the soul's erotic longing and its relationship to the whole cosmos, as well as enquiring into the nature of rhetoric and the problem of writing
Phaedrus by Plato( )

82 editions published between 1810 and 2017 in 7 languages and held by 2,823 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Phaedrus is widely recognized as one of Plato's most profound and beautiful works. It takes the form of a dialogue between Socrates and Phaedrus and its ostensible subject is love, especially homoerotic love. Socrates reveals it to be a kind of divine madness that can allow our souls to grow wings and soar to their greatest heights. Then the conversation changes direction and turns to a discussion of rhetoric, which must be based on truth passionately sought, thus allying it to philosophy. The dialogue closes by denigrating the value of the written word in any context, compared to the living teaching of a Socratic philosopher." "The shifts of topic and register have given rise to doubts about the unity of the dialogue, doubts which are addressed in the introduction to this volume. Full explanatory notes also elucidate issues throughout the dialogue that might puzzle a modern reader."--Jacket
Plato's Parmenides by Plato( )

27 editions published between 1865 and 2003 in English and German and held by 2,418 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This work presents an illuminating new translation of the dialogue together with an extensive introduction and running commentary, giving a unified explanation of the Parmenides and integrating it firmly within the context of Plato's metaphysics and methodology." "Scolnicov shows that in the Parmenides Plato addresses the most serious challenge to his own philosophy: the monism of Parmenides and the Eleatics. In addition to providing a serious rebuttal to Parmenides, Plato here reformulates his own theory of forms and participation, arguments that are central to the whole of Platonic thought, and provides these concepts with a rigorous logical and philosophical foundation. In Scolnicov's analysis, the Parmenides emerges as an extension of ideas from Plato's middle dialogues and as an opening to the later dialogues." "This translation follows the Greek closely, and the commentary affords the Greekless reader a clear understanding of how Scolnicov's interpretation emerges from the text. This volume will provide a valuable introduction and framework for understanding a dialogue that continues to generate lively discussion today."--Jacket
Critias by Platón( )

19 editions published between 1902 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 2,253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An unfinished fragment. This dialogue was to have been part of a planned trilogy in which Plato intended to depict the ideal state described in the Republic"--Provided by publisher
Laches by Platón( )

54 editions published between 1736 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 2,121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lysis by Plato( )

16 editions published between 1551 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 1,916 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Socrates, Lysis, and Menexenus try to define friendship. The dialogue leads to a confession of ignorance"--Provided by publisher
Plato's Phaedo by Plato( Book )

199 editions published between 1870 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 1,781 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The book is written for anyone seriously interested in Plato's thought and in the history of literary theory or of rhetoric. No knowledge of Greek is required. The focus of this account is on how the resources both of persuasive myth and of formal argument, for all that Plato sets them in strong contrast, nevertheless complement and reinforce each other in his philosophy
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Plato's Parmenides
SymposiumGorgiasProtagorasThe trial and death of SocratesThe Apology, Phaedo, and Crito of PlatoPhilebusPhaedoPlato's Sophist